The nose is a bit sour. You can sense the wine influence in a musty, winery like note, but not as pleasant smelling as a winery. The palate is sweet with a definite wine influence, but it tastes more like a cheap jug wine than a good California Chardonnay. The way the sweetness is integrated with the corn gives it some Canadian Whisky style notes. The jug wine characteristics really come out in the finish. The label says Sonoma-Cutrer but the finish shouts Paul Masson....we shall finish with no wine before its time.
N: Funky - grapey (like Kool-aid, not actual grapes) and kind of sour. Strong alcohol prickle even though it's not high ABV. Dusty, farmy notes. Light wood.
P: Syrupy. Fake-grape. Quite hot for the ABV. Some wood. Sweet. int of marzipan. Distant hint of toffee which collides horribly with the fake grape. Vaguely chocolatey note. Unacceptably sweet once you get past the weird grape note.
F: Alcohol. Tases like cough syrup. Wood. Bitter and drying, slightly astringent. Still quite warm. Lasts longer than is welcome and manages to bring the awful grape note to the front.
This is terrible. It's impossibly sweet and yet has a high alcohol burn. There is nothing to like about this unless you are tired of mixing grape Kool-Aid with vodka or you ran out of Red Stag. I would rather drink Loch Dhu and that's not hyperbole.
n: fruity and caramel oak, mix of black and yellow cherry. Light corn influence and "wine-y".
t: sweet and fruity, sour prune note in middle. Seems disjointed and doesn't come together between the corn and the wine cask. Noir chocolate and dark fruit in the finish. Interesting but not cohesive.